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carolina and virginia have declared a state of emergency. maryland's coastal areas are under a hurricane watch, and tonight don harrison is keeping a close eye on earl what's the mood like tonight. >> reporter: it's one of the biggest weekends of the summer there could be 300,000 people here. ocean city is a coastal town they are used to getting storms tropical depressions nor he's terse. there's a lot of sand behind me hopefully ocean city's beach can handle this. there's about 10 miles of beach in ocean city. the lifeguards are spread thin because a lot have gone home or back to school. so vacationers are looking for a little excitement from earl. >> we're not worried about it. we're excited about the hurricane. we don't get any in new york. >> reporter: well some people are excited about this. of course you know the beach gets up here and the surfers like it out here and we have maryland's spokesman their mayor, mayor rick meehan how is ocean city looking for this weekend. >> i think we're looking all things considered pretty good. it looks like the storm is going to pass a couple
drenched virginia earlier today as it moved the eastern seaboard. the outer bands that lashed north carolina with winds and heavy rains but the storm did not come close enough to do severe damage. don harrison joins us live. lacks like business as usual in ocean city other than the flooding behind you don. >> reporter: well, they are getting back to usual. you ocean city does have about 10 miles of beach. they have a long coastline. they have jet hes out here. sands dunes they put up some snow fences to take the sands from flowing around. they have done a lot. all this to get ready for earl. earl has provided quite an awesome display of the power of mother nature. >> there are waves out there cracking all over the beach here. >> reporter: many people take advantage of this situation. jet skyers get a ride for their life. the coast guard uses this as a time to train their men how to handle rough seas. some observers are impressed with the surf. >> it's the biggest waves ever seen. >> reporter: ocean city officials have closed the water to swimming, it is awful dangerous out here
of the beaches, delaware, maryland, virginia, looking good weather wise after tomorrow but the surf will be up. 10-footers tomorrow and still 4 to 6-foot waves and dangerous rip currents saturday. probably not that safe of a swim as we get into saturday and labor day monday. much more on earl as it max its approach. our live team coverage continues from ocean city. don harrison likes to give us a better idea of how vacationers and residents are actually getting ready for whatever earl brings. sam? >> reporter: kelly, we're down here you know, when i started at 4:00 this morning it was 76 degrees, it got a little warmer throughout the day, now dropped down to about 74 degrees, so we're standing by to see what earl is gonna do. we're going in the labor day weekend. the city is taking all the precautions they can. when you come to a vacation town like this, as ai did, if you look around you get to see a lot of interesting people. the boardwalk looks like a normal city day. surfers learned that big sur have means better rides. little kids find that high waves make bubbles travel further. meet walt
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